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MediaTek announces Helio P22, a new mid-range 'premium' octa-core SoC

MediaTek announced the newest member of its Helio P family, the P22. According to the company, this is the first 12nm mid-range system-on-chip. It joins its siblings, the P23, P30, and P60, to offer device manufacturers a wide portfolio of options to keep costs low while "meeting mid-tier market demands."

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Blu announces Vivo XL3 and XL3 Plus, but you shouldn't buy them

Blu is best known for its large variety of budget Android phones - some good, some not so good. Today the company announced two new devices - the Vivo XL3 and Vivo XL3 Plus. But unlike most of Blu's lineup, they aren't a good value at all, unless you buy one of them on sale.

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MediaTek announces Helio P60 SoC with promises of better power efficiency, core performance, and AI experiences

MediaTek is one of those chip manufacturers that we do not hear much about in the U.S. The only notable exclusion to that rule is BLU Products, which includes some MediaTek SoCs in its phones. While MTK is a far cry from Qualcomm and Samsung in terms of raw power and such, the company does play an important role in providing high-performance-per-dollar SoCs for budget and low-end phones. For MWC, MediaTek announced the new Helio P60 chip, complete with typical MTK promises.

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MediaTek announces Sensio 6-in-1 biosensor module for smartphones


MediaTek has just announced a new smartphone biosensor module that can monitor 6 different health metrics. In addition to being able to measure a user's heart rate — which can honestly be done on any smartphone with a rear camera and flash — the MediaTek Sensio MT6381 can track heart rate variability, blood pressure, peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2), electrocardiography (ECG), and photoplethysmography (PPG). MediaTek hopes that manufacturers will begin to integrate Sensio into their devices in the future.

The Sensio module works using an integration of hardware and software in order to measure all these health data in about 60 seconds, MediaTek claims.

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BLU S1 is company's first Sprint-compatible phone, sports 5.2" 720p display and MediaTek MT6750

We first heard about the BLU S1 nearly two months ago, and the leaked specifications were spot-on. Now, the device has officially been announced as BLU's first Sprint-compatible and Sprint-certified device, and although the specs are nothing impressive, it'll cost just $179.99 (or $129.99 if you order very soon).

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MediaTek's new Helio P23 and P30 chips come with LTE speed improvements, support for dual cameras, and more

MediaTek is still in the mobile SoC game and while it's easy to forget about the chip manufacturer here in the U.S., the company continues to improve upon its product line. Adding to the Helio family, the P23 and P30 are both set to offer LTE speed improvements, dual camera and dual-SIM VoLTE support, and better power scheduling to the low-end and mid-range system-on-chip market.

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MediaTek launches a new chipset for Google Assistant and Android Things

MediaTek has just announced a new chipset for two of Google's favorite recent projects: Google Assistant and Android Things. The descriptively named MT8516 is a 64-bit ARM platform that includes wireless radios and is designed specifically for voice assistants applications. It looks like Google has one more hardware partner behind Intel and Qualcomm for its future IoT plans.

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BLU's $160 R1 Plus comes equipped with a 5.5" 720p display, a MediaTek chip, a 4000mAh battery, and Marshmallow (in 2017!)

Oh, BLU. You make good phones for the money, but you've shown you just don't care about software time and time again. The brand new R1 Plus features some decent hardware, like 3GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery, for $159.99... but it has Android 6.0 Marshmallow onboard. It's 2017, guys.

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MediaTek unveils the new Helio X30 with CorePilot 4.0 in tow

MediaTek has been busy in the last few months. In December, the semiconductor company launched the Helio X23 and X27 system-on-chips, which were upgrades to the previous X20 and X25, respectively. Then, just earlier this month, we saw the announcement for the Helio P25, a new SoC that hoped to bring some premium smartphone features (especially in regards to photography) to a mid-level chip. And now we have the Helio X30 announced at MWC, MTK's newest high-end entrant that could start a new chapter for the company.

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MediaTek announces the new Helio P25 chip for dual-camera smartphones

Even with the AMD complaint against it, MediaTek keeps chugging along with its system-on-chips. The latest in the Helio family is the P25, an evolution of the P20 that is targeted toward dual-camera smartphones (because those are a thing again). This fancy new SoC maintains the power efficiency for which MTK is known while bumping up image and graphics processing capabilities.

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